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Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate

Earning a certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in addition to your JD degree gives you a thorough grounding and hands-on preparation in managing conflicts between parties. It also offers you a credential that demonstrates your specialized training in this growing field.

You have the option of choosing between two tracks — mediation or arbitration. However, you need not select a track to satisfy the certificate requirements.

You may earn multiple certificates offered by USC Gould. Some courses count toward more than one certificate.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the certificate, you must take at least 12 units of mandatory and elective courses as outlined below.

The ADR courses emphasize the importance of acquiring both strong legal skills and familiarity with business concepts. The curriculum features a combination of lecture-style and skill-based courses that are taught in a workshop format.

Mandatory Courses

  • ADR Law and Policy, Arbitration and Mediation
  • ADR Ethics

You also must take your choice of the following:

  • ADR Clause Drafting
  • Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration

Your remaining credits must be chosen from the following electives:

Arbitration Track

  • ADR Clause Drafting (if not selected as a mandatory course)
  • Arbitration Advocacy
  • Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution (if not selected as a mandatory course)
  • Arbitration in the United States
  • International Arbitration (if not selected as a mandatory course)
  • International Investment Law and Arbitration
  • Labor Arbitration
  • International Arbitration Competition (two-semester course)
  • Practicums/Externships

Mediation Track

  • Business Mediation
  • Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution (if not selected as a mandatory course)
  • Employment Dispute Mediation
  • Family Law Mediation Clinic
  • International Negotiation and Mediation
  • Mediation Clinic (yearlong course)
  • Advanced Mediation Clinic (typically a yearlong course)
  • Mediation Advocacy
  • Negotiation
  • Practicums/Externships
  • Mock Mediation and Mediation Competitions

Not all courses are offered every year.

You may petition to waive any required or elective course if you have taken an equivalent course outside of the law school as part of your undergraduate or other graduate degree.

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